Thomas Cranmer, born 2nd of July 1489, was born to two poor farmers, who could not afford to raise him. They sent him away to Catholic School to be taught in the ways of Christ. After many years of study at Jesus College, he was offered to be named a fellow but denied and chose to marry a peasant, women. Sadly, she died giving both to a child, also killing the boy, this caused Thomas to dive back into the Church.
We've done it sir
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When Thomas returned, King Henry was in a feud with the Pope over his wife, Catherine of Argon. The King believed that he should be able to marry and divorce whoever he wanted. The Pope, on the other hand, was firmly against this, as it was seen to be against the Catholic ways. This greatly angered the King who then decided to split from the Roman Catholic ways.
The King is the Head
Thomas made his way through the ranks of the church and was given a role on the royal staff and after many years was seen as one of the Kings most loyal subjects. Because of this, he was promoted to Archbishop of Canterbury, which Thomas didn't want. Thomas deliberately took a long time returning to the King, in hopes that he would become frustrated and pick someone else.
After years of trying, Henry and Thomas construct the annulment papers for his marriage. These would allowHenry to divorce and marry whoever he wanted. In this time Thomas also wrote the Common Book of Prayer and the Literny, and helped supply churches with the English Bible which are all books that are still used to this day.
This is remarkable
Thomas later helped construct the Act ofSuccession and the Act of Supremecy. These stated that the Monarch of England was the supreme ruler of all the churches in England. This is significant for it was the final step in seperating England from the Roman Catholic Church. These acts also meant that Thomas, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was the second highest ranking figure in the Church of England.
Thomas was sentenced to death by Mary I. Daughter of Catherine of Argon and Henry VIII